Answers to questions regarding use of the Museum's collection for research

Please note: while the Museum is closed due to COVID-19, we are unable to physically accept artifacts or to accommodate in-person appointments. Write to collections@mjhnyc.org for more information or to begin the donation process.

Can I use your collections for research?

Due to staffing restrictions, collections are available to researchers on a limited basis. Please contact collections@mjhnyc.org using the subject line Reference Inquiry with a description of your project and the material you wish to study.

How do I submit a research or reference request?

Please email collections@mjhnyc.org with a description of your project and the materials, or types of material, you are interested in studying. We will schedule a reference interview by phone.

Collections are available to researchers on a limited basis depending on the availability of material related to the individual project. We do our best to make collection material available digitally or in-person, and we can provide recommendations for repositories of related materials.

How do I make an appointment with a Collections staff member?

Due to staffing restrictions, appointments are available on a highly limited basis. Please contact collections@mjhnyc.org with a description of your inquiry.

Can I request a digital image of an artifact in your collection?

Yes – digital images are available for research and for reuse. Researchers, please contact collections@mjhnyc.org with the subject line Reference Inquiry. Provide a description of your project and the material you are interested in studying.

To license an image for use, contact collections@mjhnyc.org with the subject line Licensing Request.